Patti, Adelina ădəlē´nə păt´ē [key], 1843–1919, coloratura soprano, b. Madrid, of Italian parents. She was trained in New York City, where she made her debut in 1859, thereafter singing with great acclaim in London, Paris, and Milan. In 1881 she returned to the United States and became the most popular and best-paid singer of her day. Her sisters, Carlotta and Amalia, followed her to the operatic stage, and her brother, Carlo, conducted opera in New Orleans, St. Louis, and New York.
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